WWS Blog: 2013

Dec 30, 2013
Eric Wilkens
Of the 20 students in this year’s Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) program at the Woodrow Wilson School, only one spent the past year studying at a Cameroonian war college. Maj. Kevin Toth was the only American among 42 officers from 23 countries to study military strategy, policy, and international cooperation from an African point of view.  “As an African specialist, my primary concern is getting their perspectives on how they fight wars,...
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Seth Smith at Desk
Dec 23, 2013
Eric Wilkens
Seth Smith, MPA II in the Woodrow Wilson School, recalls watching Operation Desert Storm on television as a child. “It was the first time war was displayed on TV. From that point on, international affairs interested me. My intellectual curiosity laid in the world around me, and how countries interacted with each other,” he says. So began a life of public service, including six years in the U.S. Navy, four of which were served in the Middle East...
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Dec 20, 2013
WWS Admissions Director
If I were in your shoes, what happens next would be on my mind every day. Aside from thinking about the applications you just submitted, you go about doing that thing called life. It is the same for me; only not everyone can say, most of the time, “I love my job!” This is what I call “reading season.” I read your application and about 1,000 others for the next two months. After reading and thinking about each applicant, I draw a word portrait...
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Dec 13, 2013
WWS Admissions Director
My immediate reaction to blogging was, “Don’t see no need for it,” which translates to, “I got along just fine without it.” Most days, I feel that way about texting, emails, iPods, smart phones (what genius came up with that marketing), the Internet, fax machines and almost any electronic device short of a record player. So, I am of that adage, “I may be old, but I got to see all the cool bands.” But Skype – I like that. So why should we blog?...
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Dec 12, 2013
Eric Wilkens
“The bars in my apartment’s windows showed how unsafe my neighborhood used to be,” says Esha Chhabra, MPA I in the Woodrow Wilson School. At the time, Chhabra lived in Patna, the capital of the Indian state Bihar, once known as the “kidnapping capital of India.” Prior to attending Princeton, Chhabra worked as a country economist for the International Growth Centre’s (IGC) India-Bihar Programme, identifying areas for research that could aid...
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social media poster
Dec 5, 2013
WWS Admissions
Woodrow Wilson School Connections: facebook.com/wilsonschool twitter.com/wilsonschool youtube.com/wilsonschool instagram.com/wilson_school  
Kobiljar raising cement block
Dec 5, 2013
Eric Wilkens
Princeton University’s ivy-covered buildings and sprawling campus contrast starkly with Emina Kobiljar’s native Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). At age five, Kobiljar, an MPA I in the Woodrow Wilson School, and her family fled the country when the Bosnian War broke out.  They escaped a few days before the Siege of Sarajevo, an unrelenting military attack on the city that lasted nearly four years. They made their way as refugees nearly 850 miles to...
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Dec 4, 2013
Alexandra Utsey, MPA '14
Each summer our WWS graduate students disperse all over the world to participate in summer internships to gain practical professional work experience.  The photos below capture the student's experience in various locations around the world.   Elena Serna-Wallender at the Federal Reserve Board Room in Washington, D.C. (with Nate Ratledge, Thomas Coen, Anna Fogel, Seyron Foo, and Kate Fritzche): "We took this shot in the Federal Reserve board...
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Dec 4, 2013
Kidus Asfaw, MPA '14
The summer between an MPA’s two-year life at the Woodrow Wilson School is as unique and impacting as the passion to public service that have brought them back to school. To give you a glimpse into the lives of a few of our students, we asked five volunteers to share the summer internship experience and the impact they had on the organizations and areas in which they lived. JARED DUVAL - domestic policy Location: This summer I was the Creative...
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Robertson Hall in autumn
Nov 22, 2013
WWS Admissions
We take a holistic approach in evaluating candidates for admission.  Here are key qualities we seek in competitive applicants to our Masters programs at the Woodrow Wilson School. COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE We seek to enroll students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to public service We weigh the depth of commitment to a career of public service by evaluating both volunteer and professional accomplishments Your personal statement...
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Sep 18, 2013
Seyron Foo, MPA '14
You may have already heard about our international travels as students at the Woodrow Wilson School, often generously supported by the Woo. To encourage foreign language study, the school provides language scholarships to students seeking to learn a language. The stipends can be used in the United States for classes and tutoring, or for language study abroad. This past summer, students traveled around the world to learn languages, from Spanish...
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May 1, 2013
WWS Admissions
The final installment of our 2012 internship maps!  Check out our last post of the “Where Woos Intern” series featuring summer internship positions held across the United States, excluding those in Washington, D.C. Best of luck to current MPA first years who will be starting their internships in just a few weeks!   View 2012 WWS Internships in the U.S. in a larger map Full list of internship locations and their corresponding intern’s field: The...
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Implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Oregon
Apr 21, 2013
WWS Admissions
Written by Marco De Leon Before my time at the Woodrow Wilson School, I spent my days working on Capitol Hill. While I never directly handled the issue of health care for any Member of Congress, my time in government was nonetheless dominated by the issue. From the agenda-setting politics of the presidential primaries to the protracted and contentious congressional negotiations, any other legislative priorities had to be seen with an eye on the...
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Maggie Haight
Apr 17, 2013
WWS Admissions
As part of our weekly Student Spotlight series, we sat down with current student Maggie Haight and asked five questions about her life prior, during, and after attending the Woodrow Wilson School.  What distinguishes WWS from other schools to you? I think WWS offers an amazing array of opportunities that really set it apart from the other options out there. First, it has one of the smallest incoming class sizes, so you get to know your...
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Apr 13, 2013
Becca Gong
One of the special things about the Woodrow Wilson School’s policy programs is that they offer tremendous cross-pollination opportunities between fields. WWS has four academic fields of specialization: International Relations (I) Development Studies (II) Domestic Policy (III) Economics & Public Policy (IV). WWS also offers four certificates, including: Demography (OPR) Health and Health Policy (HHP) Science, Technology & Environmental...
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Stanworth Housing
Apr 13, 2013
WWS Admissions
In our second feature on Stanworth housing, we went inside MPA1 Mayank Misra’s apartment where he lives with his wife Poh (a video journalist at the New York Times) and their beagle, JoJo. They moved to Princeton last fall from New Delhi, India. Their Stanworth apartment is a two bedroom simplex unit – click here to view the floorplan.  
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Apr 11, 2013
WWS Admissions
Last week Anne-Marie Slaughter announced she will be leaving the Woodrow Wilson School to serve as President of the New America Foundation, a D.C. based non-partisan think tank. Professor Slaughter was the first woman to hold the position of Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School from 2002 – 2009. In 2009 she took leave from the School for two years to serve as the first woman to hold the position of Director of Policy Planning at the State...
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Apr 10, 2013
WWS Admissions
The Old Graduate College (OGC), built in 1913 and expanded in 1927, consists largely of one- and two-room suites for one or two students; many rooms have private or semi-private bathrooms. Take a look inside MPA1 Adam Kent’s apartment, where he lives in a one bedroom unit by himself. Adam moved to Princeton last fall from Washington, D.C. Floorplans are not available for OGC apartments.
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Apr 9, 2013
WWS Admissions
Today we’re taking you inside MPA1 Elena Serna-Wallenders’s home at Butler, where she lives with her husband Alex, who will be studying at the Princeton Theological Seminary this fall. They moved to Princeton last fall from San Antonio, Texas. Their apartment is a “two bedroom large” and the average size for Butler units. Click here to view the floorplan.  
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WWS and LSE students
Apr 9, 2013
A group picture of the WWS and LSE students who participated in the conference. Written by Cheryl Cooper As the United States and Europe continue to recover from the 2008-2009 financial crisis, many pressing policy questions have yet to be decided: Is austerity in Europe achieving its goals? What is the future of global financial regulation? What role should government institutions play in the recovery? These and many more issues must be...
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Apr 8, 2013
WWS Admissions
Curious to see what graduate housing looks like in Princeton, New Jersey? Take a look inside MPA1 Corey Parson’s apartment at Stanworth, where he lives with his partner Jessica (a CUNY PhD candidate) and their two cats, Henry and Oliver. They moved to Princeton last fall from Jersey City. Their Stanworth apartment is a two bedroom duplex unit and one of the largest available – click here to view the floorplan.  
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Apr 7, 2013
WWS Admissions
The Wilson School’s Office of Graduate Career Services is an invaluable resource for all Woos, especially as they explore summer internship opportunities that are required for all M.P.A degree candidates in between their two years at school. We’re mapping out all of last year’s internship positions, this week featuring those in our nation’s capital.   View 2012 WWS Internships in Washington, DC in a larger map Full list of internships with...
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WWS 501: The Politics of Public Policy
Apr 7, 2013
Seyron Foo
WWS 501: the Politics of Public Policy serves as a rite of passage for your first semester as an M.P.A. at the Woodrow Wilson School. The key feature of the course includes the almost weekly memorandums covering an array of political considerations when considering proposals confronted by policymakers on a daily basis. The class brings multiple perspectives, with Woodrow Wilson faculty members from both subjects of international relations and...
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Chad Maisel
Apr 5, 2013
WWS Admissions
As part of our weekly Student Spotlight series, we sat down with current student Chad Maisel and asked five questions about his life prior, during, and after attending the Woodrow Wilson School. What did you do before coming to WWS? Prior to Woody Woo, I was working in the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs. The office works closely with the different federal departments- from Treasury to Interior to GSA- to ensure the entire Administration...
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A majority of Wilson School students filled the Graduate College as future versions of their classmates.
Apr 5, 2013
WWS Admissions
Written by Kate Fritzsche, MPA ’14 As part of our nature as a public service school, many WWS students are involved with community service in the areas surrounding Princeton. The graduate students at WWS have had an ongoing relationship with the Greater Donnelly Initiative (GDI) in Trenton, NJ for five years. GDI provides mentorship, gang-resistance, and homelessness/hunger services to disadvantaged youth in inner-city Trenton. We’ve partnered...
Photos of pop culture faces
Apr 2, 2013
WWS Admissions
Can you name these faces from queer history and pop culture in under 2 minutes? Last Thursday, the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Queer Graduate Caucus hosted a night of “Queer Quizzo” at the Woo-filled Campus Club. Modeled after a style of pub trivia that originated in Philadelphia, QGC’s twist on Quizzo was a fun and educational way for grad students to explore the themes of gender and sexuality. Organized by MPA2 Cara...
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Chris Johnson
Mar 28, 2013
WWS Admissions
As part of our weekly Student Spotlight series, we sat down with current student Chris Johnson and asked five questions about his life prior, during, and after attending the Woodrow Wilson School. What did you do before studying at WWS? I was studying at NYU majoring in International Relations and Latin American Studies immediately before matriculating at Princeton. I was awarded the Department of State’s Pickering Foreign Affairs fellowship in...
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The tireless Woos who braved a hurricane to get out the vote in Ohio.
Mar 27, 2013
Peter Blair
The tireless Woos who braved a hurricane to get out the vote in Ohio. As an international student it might seem kind of strange that I spent fall break in Ohio working on a US presidential Get Out the Vote campaign. As a few people in my class remarked, it wasn’t as if I was going to personally get anything out of the results (other than maybe some left over bumper stickers), but as someone who has always followed US politics (thanks to “The...
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Dean Rouse
Mar 26, 2013
WWS Admissions
Members of the Wilson School Graduate Admissions Office social media team sat down with Dean Cecilia Rouse to hear her vision for the school and what she thinks distinguishes the school’s policy programs from its peer institutions. Find out what she has to say!   2 Minutes with Dean Rouse from WWS Admissions on Vimeo. Transcript: I’ve been on the faculty of Princeton for many years so I’m really an academic, but I’m drawn to academics, I’m...
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Robert Zoellick, photo courtesy of The Daily Princetonian.
Mar 25, 2013
Kidus Asfaw
Launched in 2009, the Woodrow Wilson School’s “Leadership and Governance Program,” brings prominent public policy leaders to the School who are unable to spend a full semester or academic year on campus, but can visit for a shorter period of time. While on campus the “distinguished visitor” delivers a public lecture, meets informally with individuals or small groups of students, and participates in classroom discussions. Kidus reflects on Robert...
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John Templeton
Mar 19, 2013
WWS Admissions
John Templeton is the Associate Dean, Director of Graduate Admission at the Woodrow Wilson School. He has worked at Princeton University since 1988 and has been recognized for his commitment to increasing access to higher education for groups that have been historically underrepresented. Name: John TempletonHometown: Madison, WisconsinAlma Mater: Whitman College, Walla Walla, WATitle: Associate Dean, Director of Graduate AdmissionRole: Manage...
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Madi Sengupta
Mar 18, 2013
WWS Admissions
This is the first post in our weekly Student Spotlight series, in which we sit down with current students and ask five questions about their life prior, during, and after attending the Woodrow Wilson School. Madi Sengupta, MPA ’13 Field: I, International RelationsHometown: Houston, TXAlma Mater: University of Texas, Austin ’07 What did you do before studying at the Woodrow Wilson School? Prior to WWS, I worked at the NASA Johnson Space Center in...
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Social Media Group
Mar 15, 2013
WWS Admissions
This blog was created in collaboration with current Wilson school students who make up our unofficial Social Media Group. Working together with the admissions office, the Social Media Group has developed the content strategy and vision for this blog. Meet our team of student contributors who have volunteered their time to make this an engaging resource for prospective students around the world! Alex Utsey, MPA ’14 Field: I, International...
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Ann Corwin
Mar 15, 2013
Alex Utsey
What’s one of my favorite things about attending a small graduate school program? The personalized career services experience. It’s important to me to have one-on-one guidance when figuring out what to do after grad school, and the Woodrow Wilson School has exceeded my expectations in every way. The week we arrived at Princeton, students had meetings with the two Career Services directors, Ann Corwin and Cherena Walker, to get to know them. We...
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House, Union Beach, NJ
Mar 11, 2013
WWS Admissions
Five Woos took time out from studying for midterms and headed to Union Beach, NJ, one of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy.  It’s been five months since the hurricane hit and New Jersey communities are still dealing with its aftermath.
MPA1 Mayank Misra, his wife Poh Si Teng, graduate student Catherine Offord and PhD candidate Rachel Baker perform as Tikka Masala.
Mar 8, 2013
WWS Admissions
MPA1 Mayank Misra, his wife Poh Si Teng, graduate student Catherine Offord and PhD candidate Rachel Baker perform as Tikka Masala. Woos packed Princeton’s notorious D-Bar to hear their classmates perform during the second annual “WooCoustic”, an open mic night put on entirely by Wilson School students. The set list included original songs and covers ranging from the BeeGees, the Beatles, and Boys II Men.
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Welcome
Mar 1, 2013
WWS Admissions
The Woodrow Wilson School Admission Blog is the most dynamic and interactive way to be engaged with the life of our students and alumni. Their stories will help you understand the remarkable resources available to you. Our intent is to provide a number of voices primarily from our students and members of the admission office. Thank you for being interested in our degree programs and our commitment to public service. Please contact us at wwsadmit...